Dear Parents and Carers,

It hardly seems like a minute since term started. It has been wonderful to work with the children over the last seven weeks and to see the progress they are making and to watch them grow in confidence as the school year progresses.

Office staffing

I thought it would be helpful to explain that we have been short of office staff for a few weeks and this means that we are not able to answer the phone as quickly or provide all the services that the office usually do. We have a new member of the team joining us in mid-November. Please bear with us until then. Thank you.

 Fundraising with the Co-op

Co-op have just run a competition for all our children to design a Halloween mask. Members of their team came today to announce the winners of the competition and gave out some prizes.

They also made an exciting announcement…

We have been chosen as one of their charities for the year. If you have the App or a card and scan it for your shopping or petrol you will earn school money and if you go into the App you can name our school and then all the money earned will be for Palatine. If you don’t nominate just us, then the money will be split between 3 charities. You can download the App through the play or apple store or through the link below. Scroll down and find local causes and choose Palatine Primary school and then the money will go directly to us!

https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/what-you-get?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyvuhjezd8wIVisLtCh2pcg0QEAAYASAAEgLAjPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 Covid

Our risk assessment remains in place. Please see the website for details of the control measures in place at Palatine.

Please do support us in keeping the community well by not sending your child into school if they are poorly.

If your child is unwell they should remain at home until they are better.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

We are still required to send children home if they are displaying any of these symptoms.

Finally, as the holiday begins I thought it would be lovely to end reflecting on the continuing great learning the children are doing. A number of children have made great progress in their maths: counting, adding numbers together, writing and matching numbers to their word names. Others have worked really hard on their communication. One pupil signed ‘push more swing please Sophie’ when on the playground, others have been showing great manners saying ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome.’ There has been lots of learning across the curriculum too. One pupil worked really hard on making fizzing volcanoes, another climbed to the top of the climbing wall remembering to turn their feet sideways. One pupil did some painting with a syringe and touched some jelly. Another has engaged with different programmes in the immersive room and there has been lots of great mark making, phonics work and art work using pumpkins as inspiration! One pupil has been very interested in where food comes from and has planted some popcorn kernels in our garden to see what happens. It has been fabulous to see children developing their independence skills using taps independently for the first time and making better transitions around school. Others have tolerated more support in changing and toileting. I think what I am most proud of and has been loveliest to see is blossoming friendships, increases in interaction with one another and children displaying kindness and helping each other. A number of pupils are learning to play with each other really well and the development of their social skills and communication as a result is fabulous!

I wish you all a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing you at parents evening after half term.

With very best wishes,

Catriona

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